The armed opposition movement of Dr. Riek Machar has opposed the move to extend the term of South Sudan transitional government for another 3 years.
The SPLA/M (IO) Publicity, Mabior Garang in a statement released on Thursday evening, hours after the Transitional National Assembly passed the extension amendment Bill, said the development is regrettable.
“The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) regrets the underhanded manner by which legislators at the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) have extended the term of the current Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) until 2021,” part of the statement said.
Mabior, who is also the son of SPLA founder, Dr. John Garang, said the extension is a manifestation that the government is not committed to the current peace negotiations.
“This is unfortunate and is an affirmation that the regime is not interested in a peaceful resolution to the current civil war in South Sudan.”
According to the SPLA-IO, the extension is illegitimate and only the signing of the new peace agreement can legitimize it.
“The peace agreement we are currently negotiating under IGAD mediation would have legitimately extended the tenure of the regime in Juba, signaling a new era of peace in our country,” he added.
He remarked that the new development is automatically going to create mistrust at this critical moment of peace settlement.
“This illegitimate extension of the regime’s tenure however, is not just bad politics, but will create mistrust between the warring parties and other stakeholders,” he remarked.
The movement appealed to the continental and international bodies not to recognize the new extended government.
“The SPLM/SPLA (IO) calls on the AU and the UN not to recognize this new regime, which has essentially become a rogue regime.”
The Transitional National Assembly yesterday passed a Bill to extend the term of government from August 12th 2018 to August 12th 2021.